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Overcoming the Layoff Blues

Many dot-com's are having economic troubles and having lay-offs. This unexpected turn of events can lead to angry and bitter feelings toward the company and many people get depressed during this time. There are a few things to remember to help you move on and be happy.

First off, remember there is always another job out there. All it takes is time to find the right one for you. How long? There's no set rule to the time though I've heard a few that people subscribe to. One is for every $10,000 you're asking is a month and another is that every week worked equals one day unemployed. There is of course no rhyme or reason overall for the length of time people are out of work.

Once leaving the office, things can feel a little chaotic with thoughts of what to do now, the bills, all of the things in life that revolve around a job. Organizing yourself so when you start applying and going on interviews can help restore some order to your thoughts. There are several things first off that need to be done to prepare yourself for finding a new job:

  1. Update your resume: Make yourself shine by making sure you have all of the most recent information on your resume. And don't forget the cover letter! There are professionals who can help you write your resume if you feel you need help.
  2. Collect Professional References: These references are important and you may want to get alternate contact information in case of more layoffs. If possible, collect letters of recommendation as well.
  3. Network, Network, Network: There are networking sites you can use as a resource to help find a new job. Also, make sure you have the contact information from your personal network of people. It's a great way to find out about other companies who may be hiring, and a reference from a friend could be the perfect way to get your foot in the door.

During this time of looking at your skills, think back about what you liked about your job and talk with people about different companies who may be hiring. This may be the time to think about a career shift. Use this time to do some soul searching. What is it you ultimately want to get out of your career? What types of things fulfill you? You can also perform a skills assessment to find that perfect job. What skills do you have? How do they fit into what companies are looking for? What skills would you want or need to pick up to get into your next job?

Many people have trouble with which way to go. There are those who are 'Jacks of all trades, master of none' but a career counselor can help. They have tools that combine your skills, your personality, and your goals to help you determine what path to take.

Once you think you know what types of jobs you want, start applying. Use all of the resources available to you. Use your friends and your network to submit resumes to their bosses. Search for jobs, apply and put your resume on all the relevant job sites online. Don't forget to look in your local paper! In preparation for your interview, do some research on the types of questions employers ask and you'll want to practice your interviewing skills.

You are going to have lots of free time on your hands. So avoid getting sedentary at home by taking a class or two to broaden your skills. Are there any positions available where you need one or two skills? This is a perfect time to take the classes and get the job! Also consider temping. There are many agencies that can place you in shorter or longer-term assignments and you could find the perfect company while doing so.

Keeping your chin up and staying busy will help you with having a positive attitude. Potential employers will see this and you'll have a new job in no time!